Buyers are finally getting a break in the Victoria Real Estate market due to government intervention in the real estate market by way of provincial taxes and tighter mortgage qualifications. The month of June saw a 29.8% decline in sales in this market over June 2017.
“June typically signals the conclusion of the busy spring market, and activity lightens into the summer,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Kyle Kerr. “However, because of decelerating growth due to aggressive government implementation of policies to reduce demand, Victoria’s real estate market has been hobbled since the start of the year when federal restrictions around mortgage qualifications were rolled out…”
The latest statistics show the Victoria market is continuing its downward trend with a 25% drop in sales from May of last year. At the same time, the benchmark price (a typical house in an area) for a single-family home in the core area hit an all-time record of $878,100, a 7% increase over May 2017.
The latest stats for the Victoria Real Estate market appear to be following the trend in B.C. Across B.C. March sales showed a decline of 24.6% over March 2017, while average property prices climbed 5.3% over the same period.